THE first victim of the NHS hospital food poisoning scandal has been named and his devastated family is demanding answers.
Cancer patient Ian Hitchcock was 52 when he died at Royal Derby Hospital after he ate a sandwich contaminated with listeria.
5 He was being treated for cancer at the Royal Derby Hospital when his condition worsened after he ate a pre-packaged chicken sandwichCredit: BPM Media
5 Food from the Good Food Chain has been linked to the listeria outbreakCredit: The Good Food Chain
Mr Hitchcock who ran a haulage company, was one of the five fatalities caused by the bacteria that was in the pre-packaged sandwiches.
He was being treated for cancer at the Royal Derby Hospital when his condition worsened after he ate the meal.
The buisnessman was married to wife Miranda, 50, for 21 years and the pair had twin sons John and Andrew, aged 19.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, his brother and business partner, Alan Hitchcock, said: “It’s shocking that he could die in hospital just from eating a sandwich.
“How can something like that happen?
“It was a massive shock when he died, he had a kidney transplant about three years ago but he seemed to have recovered well.”
Health Secretary Matt Hancock annouced that he wanted to see the NHS take catering back in-house, to improve the safety standards.
But Ian’s family said that it was too late.
5 Public Health England has finally revealed the full list of 43 NHS Trusts affected by the listeria sandwich scandal
Alan, 54, who ran the family’s transport firm in Derbyshire said the family had been kept in the dark too but that they hope to find out more at the inquest in Derby tomorrow.
Alan’s wife Valerie added: “I used to work in the food industry, there were so many checks that had to be carried out to ensure food was safe to eat.
“We just don’t understand how sandwiches that were being supplied to hospitals could contain something deadly like listeria.”
Public Health England has named the full 43 NHS Trusts which were supplied packaged sarnies by The Good Food Chain.
It also named one independent provider which was supplied with potentially infected grub.
The full list of 43 NHS trusts affected by listeria sandwich scandal
Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust
North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust
University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust
Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust
The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust
Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust
Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Lewisham and Greenwich Hospital NHS Trust
Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust
Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Leicester Partnership NHS Trust
Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust
University Hospitals Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust
The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust
Aintree University Hospitals NHS Trust
Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Bolton Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust
Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
East Cheshire NHS Trust
Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust
Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
East Kent Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust
Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Royal Berkshire Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Weston Area Health NHS Trust
Independent provider – Virgin (Farnham Hospital)
The deaths occurred at four different hospital trusts – one at Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in Liverpool, one at University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust and the one at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust.
The health agency had previously only identified the Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, where two people died.
Three other trusts have diagnosed listeria cases linked to the outbreak with no deaths.
Two cases were at Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, one at Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust and one at East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust.
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Details of the trusts affected come after Health Secretary Matt Hancock warned there will be “severe consequences” if there is evidence of “wrongdoing”.
The Good Food Chain, which supplied 43 NHS trusts across the UK as well as one independent provider, voluntarily ceased production.
PHE said the investigation into the outbreak is continuing.
The business was supplied with meat produced by North Country Cooked Meats, which has since tested positive for the outbreak strain of listeria and also stopped production.
5 BSA director Jim Winship wrote the original warning which recommended that sandwiches and salads weren’t served to vulnerable patientsCredit: BBC
5 Listeria is a bacteria that can cause an infection if ingested – most people will barely notice the illness but some people are high risk, such as pregnant women, babies and the elderlyCredit: Getty
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